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Cyrano (Kornhauser)
Cyrano (Kornhauser)
2005 winner of four Helen Hayes Awards including BEST PLAY!

"Written entirely in verse, Barry Kornhauser's modern translation whips airy comedy with heartbreaking romance. … Breathtaking … beautifully realized … sheer heart-stopping poignancy…Panache!" —Margaret Lawrence, American Theatre Critics Association

"Absolutely charming … A standing ovation waiting to happen." —Intelligencer Journal

"A frothy Cyrano invigorated by … the irreverence of a zinger-packed adaptation that displays as much affinity for the wit and wisdom of Milton Berle as for that of Edmond Rostand. … A rhyming version that performs a kind of teasing gavotte on the ears. … Pack(s) surprising punch." —The Washington Post

"It's as if someone pumped nitrous oxide into the theater, so giggly and woozy are the goings-on. … Kornhauser's free new English adaptation [is] a crazy quilt of rhyme schemes … an intensely moving treatise on not only the alchemic powers of love but also the beauty found in sacrifice —The Washington Times
By Barry Kornhauser. Adapted from the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.

Cast: 16m., 5w. with doubling, but many roles are gender flexible, easily expanded. Cyrano! His wit is as sharp as his sword, the enormity of his talent, intellect and passion matched only by the enormity of his, well, nose. The uniquely endowed protagonist of Cyrano de Bergerac is given a fresh face in this poignant and playful paean to panache, written in rhyming couplets. Romance rules the day in award-winning playwright Barry Kornhauser's portrait of that enduring hero of imperfection and his classic love triangle with the exquisite Roxane and the handsome and earnest, but verbally challenged, Christian. "A remarkable version of … one of the greatest romances of all time. … Daft English poetry coupled with luxuriously lyrical rhyming schemes. … Masterful writing and witty wordplay … and the reward … is one riveting adaptation that is not to be missed." (Metro Weekly) Flexible staging. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Songs and incidental music are available from the composer:
Ron Barnett
c/o Fulton Opera House
P.O. Box 1865
Lancaster, PA 17608
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  CB3
Cast Size:  21
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  203
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  150 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583421637
Publication Date: 10/24/2003
Barry Kornhauser spearheads the Family Arts Collaborative at Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pa. Prior to this, he served as playwright-in-residence and sundry other positions at the Fulton Theatre for more than 30 years. His honors include the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup Award, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play, Ivey Playwriting Award, two AATE Distinguished Play Awards and the Bonderman ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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